Building on last week’s audit, what we’ll try to do this week is shift + create new habits. Getting rid of old patterns that don’t serve us anymore and creating a new path that aligns with both our beliefs and lifestyle- again, intersecting the sweet spot between our ideal and our reality. I’d like you to refresh by looking over your journal again and looking over the place(s) you’d like to start to work on shifting old habits.
i. start with one.
Recall from last week the one, accessible, achievable habit you decided on shifting. This week, I’d like you to focus on implementing that habit in real life. Set yourself up for success by preparing. A huge part of being successful with implementing reusables into your life is simply being prepared. When you’re prepared, it’s easy to act because you have the tools you need at hand. For example, say you get coffee a few times a week in a to go cup, and you’d like to stop using the single use cups and throwing them away. Your actionable step is to find a reusable mug or coffee cup and keep it in your bag, your car, your office- wherever it is that you’ll need to have it in order to use it when you get that coffee. If you’re a shy person (me!) sometimes asking for things in your own container can feel intimidating. It may be useful to practice what you’ll say ahead of time so that you can say it with conviction and confidence when you get there.
As you get into the habit of implementing this change, you may forget or be caught unprepared. When that happens, try your best not to get hung up on any negative feelings that may arise. Feel them and then let them go. Change takes time. Revisit the meditation in the “OBSERVE” module when you feel called to.
ii. continue at your own pace.
When you feel comfortable with your first habit change- when it feels natural and becomes part of your life- and you feel ready and have the mental space to shift something new, take a look and explore the modules and decide where you’d like to go next. I recommend starting with “SHOPPING” or “FOOD WASTE”, as those are 2 big-impact ways you can shift a lot of waste.